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The best in beauty with Josie Steen­hart. EYE CREAM: AN AF­TER­THOUGHT OR AN ES­SEN­TIAL?

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EX­PRESS BEAUTY WITH SARAH SIMP­SON

Cheat your way to a fresh rosy glow with three sim­ple steps – and none of them re­quire a run!

First things first, you want to add some il­lu­mi­nat­ing skin­care into the mix. These ranges are de­signed to boost lu­mi­nos­ity in the skin, thanks to op­ti­cal dif­fusers, while also nour­ish­ing and mois­tur­is­ing the skin. Ap­ply a serum like this onto freshly cleansed skin be­fore adding your mois­turiser.

Breathe some life into your com­plex­ion with a flush of colour. Choose a blush that of­fers some e dif­fer­ent shades in the one palette – these add di­men­sion, shim­mer and a hint of colour once foun­da­tion has been ap­plied.

When it comes to ap­ply­ing, look in the mir­ror, smile and ap­ply to the ap­ples of the cheeks be­fore very lightly sweep­ing up to your ears.

For those who only want a hint of blush, buff it back un­til you’re happy with the shade – the more ad­ven­tur­ous might want to ap­ply a bit more for added im­pact.

Blend­ing is the key to nail­ing your blush, so arm­ing your­self with a pow­der brush to soften any harsh lines is a great idea.

Lastly, com­ple­mentt the blush with some high­lighter strate­gi­cally placed just above the blush on your cheek­bones. A stick like Revlon’s Pho­tore­ady In­sta-fix high­lighter is quick and easy to ap­ply. Pop a stripe onto your cheek­bone be­fore us­ing a blend­ing brush or your fin­gers to soften the line.

1. Max Fac­tor Créme Puff blush in Se­duc­tive Pink, $25 2. Elizabeth Ar­den Skin Il­lu­mi­nat­ing bright­en­ing day serum, $166 3. Revlon Pho­tore­ady In­sta-fix high­light­ing stick, $35 most im­por­tant in the morn­ing so your foun­da­tion or con­cealer doesn’t cake up from the ex­tra emol­lient base in the eye cream.

For those want­ing an in­ex­pen­sive eye cream with a solid per­for­mance his­tory, try the Sooth­ing Eye Con­tour Cream ($31) from highly re­spected French name Avène. As be­fit­ting the der­ma­tol­o­gistap­proved brand, the for­mula is hy­poal­ler­genic and non-come­do­genic, as well as su­per light­weight. In­gre­di­ents in­clude chamomile for its de­con­gest­ing prop­er­ties, hyaluronic acid for in­tense hy­dra­tion, and pre-to­co­pheryl, a pho­to­stable form of vi­ta­min E.

To tackle fine lines and dark cir­cles, Lancôme’s Vi­sion­naire Yeux ($118) is a win­ner. A 3-in-1 cream, it tar­gets all man­ner of eye con­tour-re­lated is­sue like wrin­kles, dark cir­cles and bags with aplomb. In less than a minute, the area around your eyes are ac­tu­ally op­ti­cally whitened and given a “rested” ap­pear­ance – no mat­ter how many hours you’ve had your head on the pil­low. Over time, it has truly amaz­ing cor­rec­tive prop­er­ties to boot.

Retinol is a key in­gre­di­ent in

Der­ma­log­ica’s Age Re­ver­sal Eye Com­plex ($115),

which fea­tures mi­croen­cap­su­la­tion tech­nol­ogy and a unique firm­ing com­plex to help re­duce fine lines, puffi­ness and dark un­der eye cir­cles with min­i­mum dis­rup­tion to the skin. Re­searched and de­vel­oped by The In­ter­na­tional Der­mal In­sti­tute, this for­mula re­quiresq some care to be­gin with and then you’re good to go. Ap­ply it on al­ter­nate nights for the first two weeks as skin builds up a tol­er­ance to the he retinol, then as s skin ac­cli­mates,s, work up to ap­ply­ing it nightly.

down and roll out to fit an oiled bak­ing tray sprin­kled with po­lenta. Set aside.

Top­ping: Heat oven to 210C. Bring a pan of wa­ter to the boil and drop in kumara slices. Re­turn to the boil for about 1 minute – kumara should be just cooked. Drain and spread on a tea towel to steam dry.

Mash an­chovies to a paste in a bowl and com­bine with oil. Brush base with half the mix­ture.

Ar­range kumara and olives on top and brush with re­main­ing anchovy oil. Sprin­kle with rose­mary, ground pep­per and parme­san.

Bake 15-20 min­utes un­til base is crisp. Cut into squares to serve. Serves 6

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